Album Review

Alvarius B. – “Fuck You and The Horse You Rode In On” – [Abduction]

Thurston Hunger   12/12/2014   12-inch, A Library

Rookie card underground music superstar week, part 1.
Purchased this from Uncle Jim a while back when he
using my toupee as an ashtray. He claims to be in
tight with Alvarius, and who am I to slip a lie
detector on him while he’s passed out from an
auto-dystopic affliction. It’s 1981-83 so a lot
of us were actually alive back then, and remembered
changing TV channels with Brion Gysin glee, check out
“Art Can Count to 5” for a dramatic reinterpretation.
“Back to the Future” might be the cassette recorder
recording another recorder fast rewinding with the
head in. “Want Anything from the Store?” demonstrates
the genius of applying titles after recording, and
incorporating accidents. “Kid Death” is a modern
retelling of David and Goliath, maybe. Side B
features a lot of acoustic, but I wouldn’t call
it unplugged. Plenty of electricity coursing
through AB’s neurons. “Passenger Seat People”
fires up the ire, and do I hear a minute Don
Rickles influence. Some great ragged guitar,
scrabbling and frenzy flecked. There’s blisters
on the strings afterwards. Two blues drops,
“Legba” and “Turquoise” the latter with some
doppler yodel wowowowow’s and capital HARMonica.
“Evil Hearted Dub” has a sweet side to my ears.
The weirdness, the talent, the field recordings off the
freeway, it’s all here. Abductions ablutions have sure
helped with my KFJC cateschizim, have a sip of the
unholy water here. Or hell, bathe in it.

-Thurston Hunger

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